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To Paradise and back: a thrilling Le Roi de Lahore from Chelsea Opera Group

Massenet: Le Roi de Lahore **** Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1st March 2015 This is what Chelsea Opera Group was put on this earth for! Take an obscure grand opera that Covent Garden wouldn’t touch with a barge pole, prune it … Continue reading

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Opera Rara: Donizetti’s Les Martyrs a revelation

Donizetti: Les Martyrs ***** Opera Rara, Royal Festival Hall, 4th November 2014 There is no shortage of rare Donizetti operas set in exotic locations – Emilia di Liverpool, Zoroaida di Granata, Harrison di Accrington (okay, artistic license exercised on that final one) – so … Continue reading

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“One that lov’d not wisely but too well”: Antonenko a thrilling Otello

Verdi: Otello Riccardo Muti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound) As destiny would have it, the latest disc to land on the review pile following my final report on the gigantic Tutto Verdi box was this concert recording of Otello from Chicago. … Continue reading

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